There are some things we come to look forward to each day because they bring a wonderful sense of well-being, balance, and contentment to our lives. Perhaps it’s a cuppa (coffee or chai, if you please!) while you’re catching up on blog reading and Flickr browsing. Maybe it’s that last kiss from your loved one before you leave for work, or even just the joy of that first, luxurious feeling of repose after climbing into bed at night.
I have many of these little rituals and touchstones, and one of my favorites is seeing the friendly, genuine, ever-smiling face of my friend Reina Alice on Flickr, whose pictures warm my heart like a rich, soothing sip of coffee on a chilly morning. A little while back, Reina took a lovely picture at the Small Town Green sim, so I went there myself to stand amongst the tulip patches and take a picture in tribute to her own.
I’m always so genuinely touched by the wonderful bonds we form over admiring and appreciating each-other’s endeavors in virtual photography, exploration, and style. Thank you to Reina and everyone in our ever-growing, ever-passionate Flickr family for welcoming me back to Second Life so warmly, and making me feel like I’ve come “home” again once more! ♡
Pose & Destination
Welcome to August! We just had our first major rainstorm of the season last night and it was oh, so nice! It made this post even more perfectly timed, as it’s a predominantly cool color palette with rich grays and stone influences, all things that make me think of a rain-soaked city and rolling, rumbling thunder. Featuring items from Cosmopolitan, Illusion Point, Shiny Shabby and Manga Fair!
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / Essences | Aribeth Seasons 02 – Medium 01 Brunette
Hair / Little Bones | Queen – Duo Tone HUD | Group Gift
Eyes / Avi-Glam | Destiny Eyes – Grey (S) | Free on SL Marketplace
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eyelashes – Upper
Eyeliner / Glam Affair | Couture Eyeliner No. 02
Lips / Pink Fuel | Glossy Pout Lipstick – Love (Light Tones)
* Tattoo / What 2 Wear | Tattoo W2W.0.8 – Faded (Maitreya, Belleza & Slink Appliers + system tattoo layers) | SL Marketplace
* Headpiece / ERSCH | Samurai Head Piece
* Necklace / Secret Love | Goddess Necklace (4 metals in HUD) | Manga Fair, through August 9th
* Dress / Figment | Nemesis Dress – Silver/Black | Illusion Point Event, through August 18th
* Shoes / KC Couture | Onyx Platforms (Maitreya, Belleza, Eve, TMP & Slink High Feet)
* Kirin / Maki Poses – Pose 1
* Skybox / cinphul | Pluto II Skybox | Cosmopolitan Event, through August 2nd
* Bed / Little Llama | Bed Under the Stairs – White
* Candlesticks / Paper Moon / Ornate Candlesticks & Candles | Illusion Point Event, through August 18th
* Chair (Right) / 22769 – Bauwerk / Demon Chair – Stone/White Leather | Illusion Point Event, through August 18th
* Quilts / cinphul / Memaw’s Quilts – Dingy 3 (x2), Summer 4 | Shiny Shabby Event, through August 15th
Chair (Left) / floorplan | Lazy Chair for Seraphim | Past Event Gift
Star Machine / Ex Machina | Kopernikus Star Machine | Past Event Gift
Stringlights / Half-Deer / Flower Stringlights – Curved
I’ve spoken before about the uncanny trickery that designers have displayed, seemingly reading my mind and releasing something fabulous right when I was looking for it. It happened once more with this wonderful skybox by cinphul, available at the current round of Cosmopolitan. I had been using a rather bare-bones skybox I’d snagged as a freebie from the SL Marketplace, so I was thrilled to find that the Pluto II model has a really clever design that allows it to fit my tiny, rectangular 512 sqm plot perfectly. (I think it’s called a parallelogram, if my memory of grade school geometry is accurate? But I just think of it as a “slanty diamond”!) Two walls are frosted glass, whilst the others have cool-toned, rustic textures. Check it out at Cosmopolitan, but be sure to get over there by August 2nd!
For a perfect pop of color, cinphul also came through with the Memaw’s Quilts collection on offer at Shiny Shabby. There are seven unique colors/prints to choose from, and you get six varieties in each pack – from perfectly draped options to quilts specifically meant for wall-hanging. My other wonderful, event-exclusive decor items may be found at Illusion Point, and they include the striking modern-fantasy design of the Demon Chairs by 22769 – Bauwerk (available in 3 different material options – carbon, metal and stone – and the colors black and white), as well as the perfectly sleek Ornate Candlesticks & Candles by Paper Moon (6 metal colors and 7 candle colors).
My uniquely charming bed was originally showcased at the Wizarding Faire, but it should now be available for purchase at Little Llama‘s mainstore, and it’s absolutely lovely! I really wanted some pops of pure white in this room, and I think it worked out beautifully. And I was rapt to find a truly unusual item in my inventory: the Kopernikus Star Machine by Ex Machina, which I believe was an event gift from the last round of We Love Roleplay. I didn’t see it in creator Hattie Panacek’s Marketplace store, but perhaps if you sweet-talk her nicely, she’ll offer it up for sale. Really is a beautiful piece that projects a bevy of soft, rotating stars on the walls, ceiling and floor of my skybox whenever I fancy!
And you know I couldn’t go long without chattin’ about fashion! My dress was just perfect for this picture – another stroke of wonderful luck! – and it’s the Nemesis by Figment. A beautifully dipped neckline, flirty hem and a stone-like cinch at the waist and I feel like an exotic, modern goddess of thunder! I was also dazzled by the gorgeous Samurai Head Piece by ERSCH, which comes in two separate attachments so you can get a perfect alignment and fit. I wasn’t sure if perhaps it was more of a bold, editorial piece than something practical, but I wore it around as I visited several Fifty Linden Fridays stores, and I really loved watching it bob along with my walk and how striking it looked. I’ve heard that every girl needs a great piece of statement jewelry, and I suppose you could say an accessory like this one will really turn some heads! ;)
I’m off to snatch some rest before a whirlwind of Mesh Body Addicts Fair coverage begins! The event kicked off today, and will be another one that’s may be very difficult to access in the early days, but your patience will certainly pay off once you get there, believe me. Hope you saved up for this month’s events, because in the words of my lovely Aussie friends, there are some real crackers! ♥
My friends, I sense a disturbance in the force. The “force” being our virtual budgets, that is, and the “disturbance” being a clear conspiracy by several of the grid’s most beloved brands to divest us of all of our monies. Designers and creators, I’m totally onto you! ♥
But first, a personal reflection. My mom and I are a lot alike: tall and sassy dames with bawdy senses of humor; quick to laugh and with a great affection for making people smile. But there’s a place where our paths diverge sharply, one which has caused people to joke that despite our physical and personality similarities, we can’t possibly be related. Because you see, my mom adores accessories. Shoes, handbags, necklaces, rings, really all manner of shiny things! Jewelry is her absolute favorite; she buys it, she makes it, she even sells some on the side. But me? I have like 7 pairs of shoes and one purse to my name. And – much to my amusement and delight – it confounds and frustrates the family’s matriarch to no end.
Mom would be pleased to know that my virtual world counterpart is much more accessorized than the RL me – and happily so! But as much as pixel jewels and footwear are a pleasure, my true weakness in Second Life are hairstyles. I believe the first real virtual dollars I spent a few weeks ago were on joining the VIP groups for Little Bones and Moon, and I’ve been delightedly collecting group gifts from many brands and lusting over the new hair releases I keep spying on Flickr.
Here’s where the conspiracy theory kicks in: no less than three beloved hair designers are simultaneously having massive summer sales right now! Shine on me, Lottery Gods: I know I never remember to buy a ticket, but I could really use a cashalicious windfall! :D
And if that wasn’t wonderful enough, we have the amazing Hair Fair 2015 to look forward to, kicking off on July 11th. So much excitement! And in case you haven’t heard, there are two wonderful ways that you can contribute to this event before opening day:
❖ The Hair Fair Photo Contest invites participants to take pictures of themselves wearing a favorite hairstyle from one of the looooong list of prize sponsors, and then share it in the official Photo Contest group on Flickr. You can submit up to five photos (all must be new), and the prizes on offer are spectacular. Don’t miss out!
❖ And for those wonderful creators amongst us, a complimentary Bandana Day Kit is provided by Sasy Scarborough and Whimsy Winx, allowing residents to create and sell customized bandanas on the final day of the Hair Fair in order to benefit Wigs for Kids. It’s a wonderful sentiment and gesture, and a lovely way to show your creativity. Please click here for all the details!
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / DS’ELLES | Julie Skin – Neva | The Black Dot Project Event, through July 4th
Hair / Little Bones | Feline – Hot Mess HUD | Group Gift
* Eyes / DS’ELLES | Prunelle Eyes – Vert Clair
Lashes 1 / ACD | Eye Lashes 2 | SL Marketplace
Lashes 2 / Ri | Lashes 04 | SL Marketplace
Lips / Fudge | Raspberry Icecream Lip Smudge | Free on SL Marketplace
Piercing / Diamante | Gluttony Facial Piercing | Midnight Mania Board
* Necklace / Secret Love | Skull Long Necklace | Kowai Kawaii Event, through July 13th
* Bag / MMC | Candy Bag – N’1 | Gacha Item
Dress / BLOKC | Oversized T Shirt Dress – Pink Floral | Free in-world or $L1 on SL Marketplace
Shoes / KC Couture | Brazilia Heels for Maitreya | SL Marketplace or in-world
In my recent post about the lovely Trancescending Chill Garden, I mentioned that I found myself at the Poesie sim by lucky happenstance. But perhaps it would be more accurate to say that I was actually pose-essed to go there! ;)
Having a diverse collection of poses on hand is essential for Second Life bloggers and photographers alike, and my ongoing desire for affordable options found me browsing through pose packs on the SL Marketplace. That’s when I stumbled across Verocity Poses, and was amazed at the selection of high quality, unique and attractive pose sets for only L$1 apiece. At last check, there were 55 discounted listings! Verocity Poses @ SL Marketplace
I decided to stop by their in-world store to see if there were additional sets on clearance (it appears the ones in-world match the Marketplace store), and that’s how I came to be at Poesie, where Verocity is Trancescending’s next-door neighbor. Theirs is a lovely parcel split into several outdoor areas with singles poses and props; poseballs for couples and groups; Gacha machines, and more. The sale-price pose sets can all be found in the marked Discount section.
Verocity Poses / American Girl 3, Fiona 6, Leann 5
Skin / Style by Kira | Ella Skin – 01D | @ The Wash
Hair / Little Bones | Crimson – Resort Colors | Group Gift
Eyes / SU! | Bastet Eyes – Lavender | Group Gift
Freckles / SHOCK | Tintable Freckles | Group Gift
Lipstick / Pink Fuel – Light Shine (Pink) | Group Gift
Piercing 1 / SU! | Kara Facial Piercing Set | Group Gift
Piercing 2 / Diamante | Limitless Facial Piercing | Midnight Mania Gift
Top / Anachron | Indian Summer Choli Top – Night | @ The Wash
Skirt / Sn@tch | Eyelet Skirt – White | @ The Wash
While exploring Verocity, I took a moment to snap photos of my recent purchases from The Wash Heat Wave Event. Today is the final day of this awesome sale, where virtually everything is L$10 from a wide variety of designers. I picked up the lovely Ella Skin there, as well as the colorful Indian Summer Choli Top by Anachron and summery Eyelet Skirt by Sn@tch. The wonderfully low prices aside, I really appreciate this event for all the new designers it introduced me to. I believe The Wash has events several times a year, so I’ll be eagerly looking forward to their next sim-wide sale!
After shopping at Verocity, I couldn’t resist peeking in over at Trancesending Chill Garden, and was delighted to see owner Pixie Marenwolf in residence. She’s absolutely lovely, and she mentioned that this past weekend she was unable to hold their usual event, but that Trancescending’s sky stage usually features live music from 4pm to midnight SLT on Sundays, so it’s well worth a visit if you enjoy uplifting, energetic electronica!
For now though, I believe I’ll just fold myself into a thoughtful pose and enjoy the warming rays of a late Springtime afternoon. <3